Do you have to be Vegetarian to have an Ayurvedic Diet?

As an Ayurvedic practitioner, I have been asked many of times about Ayurveda’s theory on eating meat.  Overall it seems commonly believed that by eating an Ayurvedic diet, one should avoid eating meat.  Although it is ultimately a personal decision, whether based on morals, personal preferences, religious ideals, or individual healthcare needs, what exactly does Ayurveda say about eating meat? Continue reading »

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Tri-doshic Mung Dahl and Quinoa Kitchari Recipe

Although Kitchari is not a necessity to have an Ayurvedic diet, it can definitely be a healthy staple for those that choose.  In fact, more days than not, I find myself creating (and craving) this dish on a daily basis.  The reason why I LOVE this dish so, is because of the versatility in taste, ingredients, and health properties that it possesses.  Kitchari can vary quite a bit in quality depending on the spices, oils, veggies, dahl and grain used.  Some Kitchari recipes may be perfect for a cleanse, while others may be more building, and therefore more useful in rejuvenation therapy.   Some may be beneficial for the Fall season and others better for Summer.  And, as you will see with this particular Kitchari recipe, some can be very sattvic (balanced) by nature, and therefore useful for all times! Continue reading »

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Basti: The Ayurvedic Enema and its Multitude of Health Benefits and Uses

If you are familiar with Ayurveda you may have heard of the term Basti.  Basti’s literal translation is “bladder”, however, the Basti therapy referred to in Ayurveda is often talking about the application of the herbal enema.  As a direct pathway into the colon, the Ayurvedic enema is very powerful for treating a number of issues and ailments, as well as cleansing toxins (ama) from the intestines.  Since the colon is the home of Vata dosha, more often than not, Basti is used to treat Vata disorders including constipation, dryness, depletion, insomnia, nervous system disorders, arthritis, osteoporosis, and the like.  Although it is considered the main treatment for Vata, different herbs and substances can be utilized to target other doshas and imbalances as well.  Continue reading »

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Top 6 Energizing Herbs to Help Kick your Caffeine Habit

Have you been wanting to give up your morning coffee, but just can’t seem to find a decent replacement for that essential jumpstart?  You may be comforted to hear that you are definitely not alone.  In fact, it is claimed that about 83% of adults in America are coffee drinkers.  It’s really no surprise with its tempting aroma, its unique taste and of course its ability to create physical energy and mental alertness almost instantly.  Unfortunately, many studies have shown the long list of negative effects that regular use of this substance will bring.  According to Ayurveda, coffee and caffeine alike are tri-doshically provoking, meaning that no matter your body type, caffeine will cause imbalance overtime (in some folks quicker than others).  Continue reading »

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Ayurvedic Home Remedies 101: CCF Tea

In the world of Ayurvedic medicine, CCF Tea leads the way as a digestive remedy that is powerful, yet gentle enough for all dosha and body types to use on a daily basis.  This savory, but oh so tasty tea is perfect for drinking between meals to flush toxins from the system, kindle the Agni or digestive fire, and reduce chronic symptoms of indigestion such as gas, bloating, cramping, hyperacidity and malabsorption.  Its natural diuretic properties also make this tea a great tonic for the kidneys and bladder, reducing fluid retention and swelling in the body.  Continue reading »

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Anantamul: Indian Sarsaparilla and its Multitude of Health Benefits

Anantamul, also referred to as Sariva or Indian Sarsaparilla, has a wide range of uses from rejuvenation and nourishing the tissues, to cleansing and detoxifying the body.  Its robust red color indicates the powerful effect it has on the blood, specifically to cool and purify this vital tissue.  Its variability in actions allow it to treat a plethora of disorders including all skin disorders (acne, eczema, psoriasis, etc), infertility, miscarriage, inflammation, excessive heat, toxins, low energy, low libido and so much more.  In fact, Anantamul’s versatility can also be seen in its ability to treat all three doshas (Vata, Pitta, Kapha) simultaneously. Continue reading »

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The Ayurvedic Body Clock: Organs and Dosha Alignment with Time

According to Ayurveda, our body is completely aligned with the times of day in regards to our vital organs.  Every hour is related to a specific organ(s), and therefore the organ will be at its most powerful energy at its respective times.  Further, the time each organ is spiking can reveal to us the best time for treatment, as well as the mostly likely time an imbalance may occur.  Knowing one’s internal body clock can help us align our daily activities in order to allow optimal functioning and therefore optimal health. Continue reading »

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